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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky is a spin-off of reality series Vanderpump Rules that focuses on the younger members of the family. It features lots of the edgy content the parent series is known for, including arguing, drinking, sexual innuendo, and bleeped cursing. Family is a major theme, often dealing with the impact a complicated family life has on a couple trying to decide its future. The challenges of dating someone from a different cultural and religious background are also presented here, but often done in a humorous way.
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What's the story?
VANDERPUMP RULES: JAX & BRITTANY TAKE KENTUCKY features Vanderpump Rules couple Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright as they go to Brittany's family home. The Sur Lounge and Restaurant bartender and hostess go to the Winchester, Kentucky, farm to spend time with her lively extended family. But Jax, a decidedly city guy, is uncomfortable with the family's Southern norms, which include hunting, doing farm work, and conservative values. Adding to the stress is the pressure Brittany's family places on Jax to marry Brittany. Spending two weeks in the rural town has its challenges, but it has the potential to determine if the couple has a future.
Is it any good?
This predictable reality spin-off offers a traditional fish-out-of-water story combined with the standard soapy elements Vanderpumps are known for. City boy Jax looks for ways to cope with Brittany's family and their cultural values, implying that the couple's relationship may be in jeopardy. There are some very contrived situations, but the show is also full of real-seeming heated exchanges as the couple tries to reconcile differences that become apparent during the visit home.
Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky does have some messages about family and tradition, but they're often used for comic effect. In addition to the arguing between the pair, Jax's unwillingness to respect the house rules and his lack of patience with their overall intrusiveness also creates some strife. Fans of the couple, or of the original show, may enjoy it. But if you're not a fan, you probably won't find a whole lot here to make it worth the watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to date or be friends with someone who has a cultural or religious background that's very different from yours. What are some of the benefits? Challenges? How have TV shows and films characterized these kinds of relationships over the years?
How does Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky portray Brittany's family's conservative lifestyle? Is it taken seriously? Or used for comic effect?
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